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Head of School Message - A COVID-19 update

Dear Gibbons Community,  

I hope that you had a safe and restful holiday weekend. Thank you for the kind notes and responses to my message last week. It is truly a blessing to be a part of such a thoughtfully engaged community.  

Given the endlessly shifting nature of our current moment, you can expect a weekly email from me that will provide you with updates as we gear up for the school year. While I believe that clear and consistent communication should always be a part of the Gibbons experience, it is paramount during this time of uncertainty. I hope that you will find these updates useful and informative. I welcome your feedback. 

As I mentioned in my communication last week, the Governor has not yet provided the anticipated information and guidance about the reopening of schools. While we are not beholden, per se, to what the Governor decides, we are awaiting direction from him as well as the Diocese before we make the specifics of our reopening plans public. What I can share with you is that the educators and the COVID-19 Task Force are working assiduously on those plans, and we are laser-focused on the goal of having students back--safely and with all necessary precautions implemented--on campus in August.  

Here’s what you can expect once students return to campus:  

  • All students, educators, and visitors will wear masks. 

  • A thorough health screening of everyone who enters the building will be conducted. 

  • The entire facility will be cleaned often with enhanced cleaning products and procedures.  

  • A revised daily schedule will allow for longer classes and fewer transitions during the school day to ensure a high level of safety.  

  • Social distancing will be the norm within the school. 

  • Clear protocols will be established for reporting if or when a community member becomes infected with COVID-19.

I also would like you to take a few minutes to fill out Gibbons Family Reopening Plan Survey. The information you provide will help us to shape the school’s reopening plan. 

Additionally, I want to encourage you to review the following document from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It provides useful information and a reassuring perspective about returning to school: 

For new families, it has been wonderful to see so many of you on campus this week! I hope you are starting to get a good feel for the Gibbons experience.   

On Monday, July 13, we will hold our first Zoom meeting with Class of 2024 parents, and we've also added two evening sessions of Freshman Hello Pods on that day for students and parents of the Class of 2024. Please visit for more information and to register for either event.

For returning families, we will be setting up some Zoom meetings starting the week of July 20. I would love to get to know you better and give you the opportunity to ask questions about the year ahead.  

I continue to be humbled and honored to serve the Gibbons community. I look forward to seeing you all soon!  


Jeff Bell
Head of School

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